It is clear to anyone who reads this site regularly Trump is not my choice for the GOP nomination. Donald Trump’s a narcissist, bully, misogynist, fake conservative and many other bad things, but calling him a Nazi, or comparing him to Hitler is so horribly wrong it makes me frothing at the mouth angry.
You see more important to me than politics is the fact that I am a Jew, and I’m a Jew who lost family in the Holocaust.
I am sick and tired of the pundits and media who label Donald Trump with fake Shoah references (Shoah is the word Jews use for the Holocaust it’s Hebrew for disaster). They are cheapening the memory of the Holocaust horrors.
Earlier this week an article in the Huffington Post called Trump, Berlusconi, Hitler and the Populist Moment said in part:
Hitler, calling for the golden-haired resurgence of a racially pure, nordic German Reich, was a swarthy Austrian. Das macht nichts (no problem). More importantly, Hitler was seen as the avenger of the humiliation of the Versailles Treaty and the economic destitution afflicting much of Germany. He vowed to make Germany great again (sound familiar?). That the particulars were an incoherent jumble didn’t matter either. He was the man of the hour.
The Washington Post’s editorial board was a bit more subtle, their editorial on Monday reminded readers
First, you don’t have to go back to history’s most famous example, Adolf Hitler, to understand that authoritarian rulers can achieve power through the ballot box.
Newsweek asked if Trump was a fascist:
Since World War II, the ideology he represents has usually lived in dark corners, and we don’t even have a name for it anymore. The right name, the correct name, the historically accurate name, is fascism. I don’t use that word as an insult only. It is accurate.
Though hardly anyone talks about it today, we really should. It is still real. It exists. It is distinct. It is not going away. Trump has tapped into it, absorbing unto his own political ambitions every conceivable resentment (race, class, sex, religion, economic) and promising a new order of things under his mighty hand.
You would have to be hopelessly ignorant of modern history not to see the outlines and where they end up. I want to laugh about what he said, like reading a comic-book version of Franco, Mussolini or Hitler
Each one of these references are disgusting, not because I don’t think Trump is a nasty a-hole, but because it cheapens the suffering of those who suffered through the Holocaust.
For those who still want to make the comparison allow me to ask some questions. Does Donald Trump make people tattoo numbers on their arms?
Hitler choose that method of identifying my relatives because tattooing is prohibited in the Jewish faith. If Trump never forced people to tattoo numbers on their arms then he probably isn’t Hitler.
I never met some of my family because the Nazis killed them and buried them in mass graves or cremated their bodies (cremation is also against Jewish Law). Did Trump kill people, cremate their remains, and bury them in mass graves?
If Trump never killed, cremated, and buried people in mass graves then the Hitler comparison is probably not accurate.
After the Nazi’s gassed their victims they collected their hair, their clothes, glasses, gold teeth and even artificial limbs to be used by the Reich. Did Donald Trump kill people and then recycle what was usable?
Somewhere in the sick minds of the people who make the Hitler comparisons, do they really think Donald Trump has artificial legs recycled after our victims are stripped naked and gassed?
Truth is not one of the GOP candidates ever forced people to put tattoos on their arms, crowded them in to death camps where they would suffer torture till they were gassed, shot, or died some other horrible death, followed by mutilating their corpses by taking out what can be reused—–and until that happens any comparison to Hitler and/or the Nazis is not only false and inappropriate, but it cheapens the memory of the people who suffered during the Holocaust and those who try to honor their memories.
You want to call Donald Trump names go ahead it’s still a free country (although not as free as it was before 2008), heck I call him names all the time. But when you do leave the Shoah out of it!